Genealogy has seen a phenomenal rise in popularity over the last decade.
It constitutes the second most common use of the internet and local and family history societies are recording their highest membership totals ever.
With its strong appeal to the sense of continuity, of personal and social identity and its ease of application to the information revolution, genealogy looks set to become the nation's favourite productive pastime.
Many people consider themselves lucky to be able to trace their ancestors for more than a few generations back in time.
However, as genealogical information becomes more organised and accessible, an increasing number of people find that they are able to go back not just a few generations but back to Stuart times. "Early Modern Genealogy" is a companion volume to the author's previous book, the highly successful "Medieval Genealogy".
It provides a clear and comprehensive account to the records available and the techniques needed to find and understand them.
With numerous illustrations and practical examples the book is an informative and helpful addition to the genealogists' library.